Due to Mexico’s and the increased security at the border crossings, new Federal regulations now require that U.S. and Canadian visitors must present their passport when entering Mexico by land, sea or air.
1. Cruise passengers debarking at Ensenada.
2. If you are a cruise ship passenger.
3. Visitors to border regions planning to remain in Mexico less than 72 hours.
(not 72 hours and 5 minutes – 72 hours…period.)
Border area is defined – usually – as 20 kilometers, 12 ½ miles from the border.
extends as far
as Ensenada –
and I would never attempt to
travel that far into Mexico
without our U.S. passport
… just in case.
If you are traveling beyond that point (what is considered the border area) or are remaining for more than 72 hours, you are required to present a passport and obtain a tourist card, or FM-T, which are available at the border and at Mexican consulates.
My husband, Dick, and I have always carried our passports, because of the U.S. regulation of presenting it when re-entering the U.S. Up until now, entering Mexico was just as simple as just walking, or driving in. And to me, this new regulation doesn’t make much difference than before – so just be aware. So what do you think about the new passport regulations? Let me know. I want to hear from you.Passport Info article by Barbie. Addition Feb 3, 2013 – the amount you need to move to Mexico has changed – see – http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/detroit/index.php/info-english